Thornley-Cropped-238x220Andrew Thornley

Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning


Fax: [+44] (0)20 7955 7412

Room: STC 5.14, St Clement’s Building, LSE

Links: LSE Experts page



A planner by training, and the former head of Planning Studies, Andy’s research has focused on the relationships between planning, politics and the market, including an analysis of the conflicts between the promotion of development, environmental protection and the satisfaction of social needs. He has done extensive research into planning and world cities and mega projects including the Olympics.

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His books include: Struggling Giants: City-Region Governance in London, New York, Paris and Tokyo (Minnesota, 2012), Planning World Cities: Globalization and Urban Politics (Palgrave/Macmillan 2005; 2nd ed. 2011), Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning: Comparative Case Studies of European City-Regions, (Spon 2003), Urban Planning In Europe: international forces, national systems and planning projects, (Routledge 1996), Urban Planning Under Thatcherism: the challenge of the market, (Routledge 1993), The Crisis of London, (Routledge 1992) and Radical Planning Initiatives: new directions for urban planning in the 1990s, (Gower 1990).

Research Areas

  • The relationship between urban planning, politics and the market from a comparative perspective
  • Globalisation, world cities and urban policy
  • Mega projects (including Olympics)



Recent publications:


  • Newman, P. & Thornley, A. (2013) Global cities: Governance cultures and urban policy in New york, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing, in Young, G. & Stevenson, D. (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture. Ashgate


  • Kantor, Paul and Lefèvre, Christian and Saito, Asato and Savitch, H. V. and Thornley, Andy (2012) Struggling Giants: City-Region Governance in London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, USA. ISBN 9780816677429
  • Thornley, A. and Newman, P. (2012) ‘Planning for World Cities: Shifting Agendas and Differing Politics’, in International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, edited by B.Derudder, M. Hoyler, and P.Taylor. Edward Elgar
  • Thornley A. (2012), ‘Exporter le modèle barcelonais” à Londres: le role “formateur’ des architectes’. Revue Urbanisme No. 383, Mar/Avril
  • Thornley A. (2012), ‘Un governo metropolitan efficiente per Londra. Riflessioni sulla Greater London Authority’. Dialoghi Internazionali, No. 17
  • Thornley, Andy (2012) ‘The 2012 London Olympics. What legacy?’ Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure and events, 4 (2). pp. 206-210
  • Dierwechter, Yonn A. and Thornley, Andy (2012) ‘Urban planning and regulation: the challenge of the market’. In: Weber, Rachel and Crane , Randall , (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 46-68. ISBN 9780195374995


  • Holman, Nancy and Thornley, Andrew (2011) ‘The reversal of strategic planning in London: the Boris effect with a focus on sustainability’. L’Observatoire de la sociètè britanique, 11 pp. 145-159
  • Thornley, A. and Newman, P. (2011), Planning World Cities: Globalization and Urban Politics. Palgrave/Macmillan. Second edition (revised and updated throughout with new material)






Academic abroad – Andy Thornley in Mumbai

LSE’s Andy Thornley attracted unexpected media interest on a recent academic trip to Mumbai to discuss a new report entitled ‘How to Govern India’s Mega Cities: towards needed transformation’.

View full information on the Centre for Policy Research’s International Workshop on Governance of Megacity Regions, to which Andy contributed.


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